Now over a week since the event, the details and background of Faisal Shahzad and his attempt to explode a car bomb in New York’s Times Square is still unraveling. One issue still being investigated since the beginning is: Who financed him, who trained him, who sent him – and why?
Gen. David Petraeus, who oversees the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, told the Associated Press on Friday, May 7, that the Times Square bomb attempt suspect, Faisal Shahzad, acted as a “lone wolf.” The Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, was calling the attack a “one-off” on her Sunday show appearances last week. Today, other U.S. officials scuttled that theory.
The Voice of America reported on May 5 that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed "in principle” to accept Brazilian mediation in a United Nations-backed nuclear fuel swap deal. The UN deal calls for Iran to send its uranium to Russia for enrichment.
The event officially designated as “The 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)” opened on May 3 at UN Headquarters in New York. The conference, which is expected to host representatives from more than 100 countries, will run through May 28.
In a speech before the House of Representatives on April 22, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) voiced opposition to H.R. 2194, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, referring to the legislation as “this entire push for war on Iran, however it is disguised.”
The Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington on April 12-13 continued President Obama’s agenda to place authority over the U.S. nuclear arsenal under the control of a series of treaties — some bilateral and some subject to UN control. Quite fittingly, an AP reporter described the summit as “the largest assembly hosted by a U.S. leader since the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945.”
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a U.S. State Department official said that Mohammed al-Madadi will likely be transferred or even sent home, following his disruption of United Airlines Flight 663 on Wednesday, April 7. The Department has conveyed the seriousness of the matter to the Qatari government. Al-Madadi is the embassy’s “third secretary” to the United States. Though a relatively minor position it remains a coveted one, and as he was flying on official business it also granted him diplomatic immunity.
Heads of state and other governmental officials from 47 countries gathered in Washington, D.C., on April 12 on the eve of President Barack Obama's nuclear proliferation summit. The event was described in an AP report as “the largest assembly hosted by a U.S. leader since the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945.”
"President Barack Obama wasted little time after his election in promoting abortion abroad by overturning the Mexico City Policy and forcing Americans to pay for abortions and abortion promotion in other nations," notes LifeNews.com editor Steven Ertelt in an April 7 online report. "Now the Obama administration is attempting to get Kenya to legalize abortion," reports Ertelt.
President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) on April 8, described by the British Times as “the first concrete foreign policy achievement by Mr. Obama since he took office.”